A fluffy and soft chocolate chiffon cake that is made even more special with orange chocolate glaze. This elegant chiffon is perfect after a meal or even as an indulgent snack.
I always have this soft spot for chiffon cakes. Baked in tube pans, their nakedness and simplicity appeal to me in a very sophisticated way. Tall, soft and elegant, I find them having their own beauty when set along side fully frosted, layered cakes.
This chocolate chiffon cake is an elegant dessert both in appearance and taste. I don’t have trouble eating up one big , fat slice and, as expected, my husband too.
You know, he is not much of a dessert eater, but serve him a chocolate cake that is not sweet and has no frosting, and you won’t be disappointed. So I served him and our daughter this cake and I could not be more happier knowing that I didn’t have to finish an entire cake all by myself this time.
The chocolate glaze in this cake gets heightened in flavor by the addition of orange juice. It does not over power the chocolate in any way, instead, the tiny hint of orange gives such a delightful contrast to the over all flavor of the chocolate chiffon cake.
Like the Pineapple chiffon cake, this is baked in a 10 inch tube pan. You want one that has a removable bottom for easy unmolding of the cake. And since you will put a lot of batter in the pan to yield a tall, fat cake, you need to bake it a low temperature of 325 F and the cake should be positioned in the lowest rack of the oven when baking it.
This chiffon cake bakes for 60-65 minutes. You will see cracks on top of the cake while it is baking and that’s perfectly fine. Since we are going to invert the cake for serving, it would not matter at all. It would not affect the texture too , as you will soon see for yourself a fluffy chiffon cake that is soft and has risen beautifully.
I let this cake cool completely before unmolding it. To cool, I simply set it on top of a mug, inverted. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, you can also set it on a baking rack. It is just that it is more free of any moisture as it let out its heat when it set high on top a mug than on the wire rack.
And as with any chocolate cake, one nice thing is that the flavors get better each day. Store this cake in a covered container at room temperature only. It stays fresh and soft for up to 3-4 days, and the chocolate flavor intensifies each day.
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